Tom Petty will now receive royalties from Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'
No heartbreak for Petty and Smith as agreement is reached
It has been revealed that Tom Petty has been awarded song writing credits to Sam Smith's, Stay With Me, along with his writing partner Jeff Lynne. The legal decision and 12.5% share of royalties to Smith's hit song, was reached back in October.
Fan's of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers were quick to identify the melodic similarities between the 1989 single I Won't Back Down and Smith's Grammy nominated first single, co-written with Jimmy Napes and from the artist's debut album In The Lonely Hour. Petty's legal team were hot on the case and began proceedings with Smith's team, which went amicably, concluded out of court. Smith's rep says musicians are always influenced by other musicians, concisely or subconsciously, and says this was pure coincidence.
The song's credit in ASCAP – The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers – now lists Smith, Petty, Lynne and Napes as chief songwriters.
Listen to the two tracks below and see what you think of the similarities?